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Installation Overview

USAG Schinnen HQ Bldg

Location

The U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Benelux-Schinnen is located in Schinnen, Netherlands (NL). Tucked away in the southeastern province of Limburg, we are a twenty minute drive from Belgium and Germany. As the most widely dispersed USAG in USAREUR, we provide logistical support over 139,000 square kilometers for personnel spread across 17 separate locations. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is a major influence in this region, especially with Joint Forces Command (JFC) located in Brunssum, NL. USAG Benelux-Schinnen's base operator phone number is DSN 314-360-1110 and JFC base operator phone number is 011-31-(0)45-526-2222 or DSN 314-364-2222.

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History

Originally, the AFCENT Support Activity (SUPACT) (US) was activated in Fountainbleau, France. In 1971, the Schinnen Mine compound was leased and the support activities were consolidated there. On October 1, 1981, the AFCENT SUPACT (US) separated from NATO SHAPE and became a full community under what is now the 21st Theater Support Command (TSC). Since assuming geographic responsibility for Northern Germany and the USAG. Benelux-Schinnen has been involved in the drawdown of communities in northern Germany. For more information, go to the USAG Benelux-Schinnen homepage.

Mission

USAG Benelux-Schinnen provides Army base operation services to joint and inter-agency communities in support of U.S. interests in NATO, throughout the Netherlands, and in northern Germany. Basic community support for the region is provided by the USAG Benelux-Schinnen, while many of the Soldier support services are provided by military (Army and Air Force) personnel at JFC Brunssum and Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base.

Population Served

USAG Benelux-Schinnen serves over 5,000 service members, Department of Defense (DoD) Civilians and their Family members throughout the Tri-Border area.

Base Transportation

Enterprise Rental Car is the on-post car rental option. You must have a valid driver's license in order to rent a car on post.

Arriving at Airport

To reach USAG Benelux-Schinnen, you will arrive at one of three airports (listed by preference due to distance - Brussels, Belgium - Dusseldorf-Germany and (Schiphol) Amsterdam, Netherlands. After de-boarding, follow the crowd to the border control. Stand in line for "non EU (European Union) countries". Have your ID card, orders, and family passports ready. You will then pass through the baggage claim area where luggage carts are available at no charge. TV monitors overhead show your flight number and which carrousel (ring) to pick up your luggage from. Pets will be brought out into the rear left baggage claim area. Proceed to customs where you may be asked to open your suitcases.

Temporary Quarters

Temporary Living Quarters (TLQ) are available only in local host nation hotels. You should have your sponsor contact the Housing Office in advance to arrange your Temporary Lodging/Living Quarters. The housing office will make advance reservations for you and your family members. Please inform sponsor of any pets that you will bring upon your arrival. 

Relocation Assistance

The Army Community Service Relocation Program can be reached at 011-31-(0)46-443-7512/7500. Click here for a copy of "The Best of the Benelux Newcomer's Guide", which lists specific services for US ID Card Holders and their Family members. For more information on the South Limburg region and assignments to NATO’s Joint Force Command (JFC) located at Brunssum, the Netherlands, refer to the NATO JFC Newcomer's Guide. Once you have arrived in the community, visit ACS Relocation Program to attend the monthly Newcomers Orientation and Tour.

Critical Installation Information

  • As a safety precaution, do not wear your uniform while traveling to USAG Benelux-Schinnen.
  • Telephone: International dialing from the U.S. is 011 followed by the Dutch country code 31 and the area code (minus the first zero). Tri-border Phone and Facilities Booklet.
  • Pets: There are several dogs that come under the dangerous dog law and they are not permitted to be bought into country.
  • Passports/Visas: Service members and civilians assigned to The Netherlands who have non US or non EU spouses must check with their servicing personnel office and the State Department regarding visa or other entry requirements. Benelux-Schinnen requires a document known as a Type C Visa for citizens of certain countries. Failure to comply with visa requirements can prevent a family member from entering or residing in The Netherlands. It can also result in denial of important overseas privileges such as tax.
  • Explore the links to the left for in-depth information.

Associated Links

Military OneSource
Provides access to 24/7 counseling, information and referral for service families, and if relocating, search for Culture Grams that can provide useful information about your new duty location.

Defense Travel Management Office /Per Diem
Per Diem official website with information on allowances, travel regulations and lodging websites.

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TRICARE beneficiaries can electronically link to their medical records, pay and human resource systems and other websites.

Defense Finance and Accounting Service
The authoritative source for pay issues.

DoD Schools
Provides complete information on all Department of Defense Schools run by DoDEA.

Military K-12 Partnership
Provides comprehensive information for all students.

DoD Commissaries
The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment.

Stars and Stripes
Current editions for European, Mid East and Pacific newspapers.

The CIA World Factbook
Provides information on locations overseas.

OSD Reserve Affairs
Provides benefits and services designed to enhance and maintain the quality of life for noncommissioned and petty officers.

Army OneSource
Comprehensive information on all Army Community Services and QOL support.

Army Home Page
Information and resources for Army soldiers and families worldwide.

United States Army Recruiting Command Soldier and Family Assistance Programs
Public web site for all Army recruiting command needs.

U.S. Army Cadet Command -- Official QOL Web Site
Provides information and links to all Army Cadet Command quality of life issues.

Army Installation Management Command
Link is helpful in order to gain information about local and Army-wide initiatives.

Army Reserves
Information on the Army Reserve as a career.

Military ID Card/CAC -- Locator
Find all military ID card and CAC facilities worldwide.

MilitaryKidsConnect
Department of Defense-sponsored website for kids impacted by the deployment of parents and caregivers.

USA4 Military Families
Seeks to engage and educate state policymakers, not-for-profit associations, concerned business interests, and other state leaders about the needs of military members and their families.

Explore the links to the left for in-depth information.

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